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About AFOLguy1970

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    Bricklink the Dickens!
  • Birthday 06/01/1970

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  1. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    If they actually did eliminate the baseplate and go to regular plates, it would be curious how they handle the photos of the newest modular with the older ones.
  2. AFOLguy1970

    [MOC] Galaxy Cliff Lighthouse

    Truly wonderful! This is also a great way to show my sons that math is important after all!
  3. AFOLguy1970

    10278 Police Station

    Wow, I am surprised that they held out that long! Had there been only 22 at Dallas North Park, they would not have made it past the first hour. There were fifty people in line, ten ahead of us. Almost all of the 10 had a Police Station and a Trouble on Tatooine set. I will bet that store is fairly wiped out on inventory at this moment. The display at the entrance to the story barely had anything at all since they will not display something that is not available.
  4. AFOLguy1970

    Lego Store in Chicago downtown (video)

    Very nice video. Actually, the inventory levels look excellent for this time of year. They had several in demand sets such as the Star Destroyer, Millenium Falcon, Hogwarts Castle, etc. Had I been there, there would have been some sets for me to pick up. You should see the Dallas Lego Store in North Park. That would be the definitive example of a store with wiped out inventory. Yesterday, most of the shelves were stocked with the new stuff, but after seeing that line to get in, I would bet they dont have much right now.
  5. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Yeah, you're right. Pretty much all of the Lego Western Hemisphere fan base is trying to get in or through checkout. Epic fail.
  6. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Except I will soon be competing with people in Denver and Salt Lake for a set. Then an hour after that, the whole West Coast. About 1 in 15 tries, I get in in the cart. When I go to pay, then I get an error message, and the cart is emptied.
  7. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    40 minutes now attempting to buy the Police Station. Hope my kid is ready to get up early tomorrow and drive an hour to the Lego Store and get in line with everyone else who cant buy what they want.
  8. AFOLguy1970

    Modular Building Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    Done right, it could be nice. Two big challenges though: (1) The "front" could not really be viewed perpendicular to any side. On its own, it would not display well, because you would have two plain sides in view no matter how you looked at it. The two "front" sides with the most detailing would be much smaller than the front build on the others. Then, it would be necessary to have two plain walls to connect to other structures. The back (which would form the majority of the perimeter) would likely not have much detail either. The vast majority of the walls would be rather plain. (2) A lot of people display their modulars in a row. This building would necessitate having the connecting buildings be at a 90 degree angle from one another. Probably not a lot of people are set up to display buildings like that. This is not to say that an inverted corner is impossible. It would really be a challenge to make one that appeals to everyone and not just someone who can accommodate that particular space arrangement and/or has other buildings on hand to hide the bland sides. The best way I know how a good inverted corner could happen would be something like an enclosed square. A large example would be Plaza Mayor in Madrid, Spain. Problem is, you would need to buy a minimum of four to create a closed in square, with the back sides being the most visible.
  9. AFOLguy1970

    [REVIEW] 75299 Trouble on Tatooine

    For those who do not want to buy the Razor Crest in order to get Mando and the Child, this is the way. Not like the Razor Crest will be available again for a while anyway. I have a feeling this is going to be a highly targeted set online and in the Lego stores on January 1. Get it quick before it falls into the five pages out of six online of items which are temporarily out of stock with no backorder option.
  10. AFOLguy1970

    10278 Police Station

    A limit of 1 will hopefully limit this potential problem. My plan is to try and order the Police Station online the second it becomes available. I will likely still go to the Lego store and be there an hour before it opens on the 1st with my son, because he wants a couple of things. If I succeed in ordering, it takes the pressure off of relying on the store stock as my last chance. Last year, there were several people waiting for the bookshop when it opened. We were first in line. I grabbed the Bookshop while my son grabbed the Mandalorian battle pack and something else. When we left the store 15 minutes later, there were still several modulars available and anyone who wanted one could have grabbed it by then. With the known stock problems, COVID, and other factors, I have a feeling it is going to be more competitive this year.
  11. AFOLguy1970

    10278 Police Station

    Hopefully available on January 1, because I do not see the initial stock of Police Stations lasting long.
  12. AFOLguy1970

    Can't LEGO keep up with demand?

    I feel your pain--there are definitely some sets I would like to purchase, but they are not available. Star Wars Cantina is the biggest one. With that said, I am sure the production of sets was planned long ago. Lego released a LOT of new sets this year, and many of them are in the premium Creator Expert category or in a popular theme such as Star Wars or Harry Potter. Had they known COVID was going to hit hard, I do not think they would have released so many new sets. The obvious problem is that you have a sudden disruption of supply with a sudden increase in demand. More people are buying Lego, because it is something you can do at home, even in quarantine. There is not much Lego can do with the limited resources they have available, which is why they are not even offering backorder on a lot of these sets. With that said, there is one thing Lego could have some control over which would help tremendously. They need to allow pre order. You basically purchase a place in line, and when it is your turn, they ship the set to you. That way you know you are eventually getting it and Lego gets paid. Win-Win. Instead, it is a competition against everyone else to try and snag a set before it runs out. Pre order also shows Lego where the demand is. They can prioritize those sets and everyone is happy. It looks like New Years Eve online and New Years Day in the stores could get interesting. I might have enough to get the new modular, but we all know there are only so many of them available. If I cant get one online, then I had better plan on being at the Lego Store early the next day. I have a feeling once the new sets are out of stock, it could be a while just like all these other popular sets that are out.
  13. AFOLguy1970

    Can't LEGO keep up with demand?

    This. I totally get they cannot keep production up with the demand. However, it really makes no sense to offer a high threshold GWP and have literally nothing available in that price range. I wonder if they should have even produced the GWP sets as that now takes away from producing the sets we would want to buy in order to even qualify for them! The fact that I can not preorder a new release or backorder something is literally leaving money on the table for Lego. I had saved up for Mos Eisley Cantina, something not seen for months now. It was only available for a few days at most. I got the Batwing instead before it predictably disappeared as well. Thankfully, I also got the Elf Clubhouse when it first came out and did not make the huge mistake of waiting for Black Friday to pick it up. It is also a tough time for Star Wars fans right now. I agree that they must really be behind at the factory if they cannot even offer backorder options. A lot of people are doing this, and not just with Lego. My guess is a multitude of PS5 buyers lucky enough to snag one at retail price are turning right back around and selling it for a big profit. I was tempted to try to pick up a few Razor Crest sets as I knew the moment would come when they too would be unavailable and someone would be willing to pay a nice price for one in order to get it by Christmas. I may have to do this next year with the advent calendars. If you can buy several in September and October and then wait until Thanksgiving week, you can probably make bank in no time.
  14. AFOLguy1970

    10278 Police Station

    Brick Bank has one on the upper level in the receptionist area next to the bank manager office. It is basically a printed keyboard with an envelope clipped to it. The one in the police station looks much better with its printing.
  15. AFOLguy1970

    10278 Police Station

    I think it will be like most modulars. They will fly off the shelves on Jan 1, and it will go out of stock temporarily in a matter of hours to days. If you want one from a store, it is wise to be there before it opens. Only one problem with pairing the car with it as a GWP: see the whole Elf Clubhouse fiasco. A lot of people held off on buying the Elf Clubhouse in order to get the holiday themed GWP sets. Only one problem: Elf Clubhouse is out of stock with no backorder option, and it has been that way for weeks in the US. I can see a potential similar fate happening in January with a GWP. Unless the GWP is available on Day 1, there is an element if risk. If there is a lag between January 1 and the day the GWP becomes available, you risk having the Police Station going out of stock in the same way that Elf Clubhouse has. Due to COVID, the factories simply cannot keep up with demand, especially here in the US. If the modular goes out of stock and you wanted the GWP that bad, you would either have to buy something else and spend enough to get over the threshold, or you would have to try and Bricklink it. Then, you would have to set funds aside for the eventual day that the Police Station becomes available again.